Protestors hope to stop demolition of Carpenters' home

Other News Materials 19 February 2008 00:30 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - A group of devoted fans of the 1970's pop sensations The Carpenters are trying to prevent the demolition of the siblings' home that featured in their 1973 hit Now & Then, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The five bedroom house in Downey, California was where Richard and Karen Carpenter fine-tuned their greatest hits and was where an anorexic Karen Carpenter collapsed in 1983 before dying.

The pair's parents remained in the residence until Harold Carpenter's death in 1988 and Agnes Carpenter's in 1996. Richard Carpenter sold the place in mid-1997 but the new owner has decided to raze the old place partly to put a stop to fans coming there to pay homage to the group.

"This house is our version of Graceland," Carpenters fan Jon Konjoyan told the Los Angeles Times. "They were such a huge American act in the 70s," added Konjoyan, who is leading the campaign to save the house.